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PEC Board of Directors elects officers at July meeting

During its July meeting, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors elected officers. Those serving on the Board of Directors are elected by PEC members to govern the cooperative. Elected officers are members of the board and serve one-year terms. The board re-elected District 6 Director Paul Graf to serve as the body’s president and […]

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LCRA adding solar power for wholesale electricity customers

LCRA adding solar power for wholesale electricity customers

The Lower Colorado River Authority is turning to the biggest energy source in the solar system to augment its electricity generation portfolio. The LCRA announced July 11 it has signed a contract to add 141 megawatts of solar power to its lineup. Under the contract, the LCRA will purchase the renewable energy from a solar […]

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2018 Central Texas flood

Storm and state hamper Llano County budgeting

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS In developing the upcoming 2019-20 budget, Llano County officials have had to take into account a number of obstacles. First, the county has spent more than $1.2 million in reserve funds since the October 2018 flood and is unsure when, and how much, will be recaptured from the Federal Emergency Management […]

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Llano County commissioners

County to trade road repairs for Kingsland park water access

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS With the recent re-opening of Kingsland Community Park, Llano County commissioners voted narrowly to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with the park’s trustee in order to access water for public purposes. For park access to get water from the lake, the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce — the park’s trustee — will receive […]

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Trash bins

City office schedules and trash pickup week of July 4

City halls across the Highland Lakes are observing the Fourth of July national holiday on Thursday. And while most will reopen on Friday, July 5, for regular business hours, one will not. Granite Shoals city offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. The holiday has a limited impact on local trash services. Below are a […]

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LCRA accepting grant applications

LCRA accepting grant applications from nonprofits through July 31

After awarding more than $470,000 in grants, the Lower Colorado River Authority is looking for more projects to support through its Community Development Partnership Program. The LCRA is accepting applications for community development projects through July 31, with grants available up to $50,000. Most of the grants are for $25,000 or less, but every cycle […]

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Packsaddle Elementary School

County considers sidewalks grant for high-traffic area near Kingsland schools

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Sandoval presented preliminary information for submitting a grant that could add nearly $374,000 worth of sidewalks in the unincorporated community of Kingsland. (more…)

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James Oakley and Jim Powers

Oakley and Powers retain PEC Board of Director seats

FROM STAFF REPORTS Incumbents James Oakley and Jim Powers kept their seats on the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors during the recent election. (more…)

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Burnet County Courthouse South Annex

JP feels like ‘stepchild’ regarding security at south annex

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two justices of the peace told Burnet County commissioners they are concerned about the lack of full-time security in the county’s south courthouse annex in Marble Falls. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Jane Marie Hurst and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Debbie Bindseil addressed the Commissioners Court at its […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives present a $50,000 check to the city of Burnet for a live-fire training tower. Pictured are Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram (left), LCRA board members Michael Allen and Nancy Eckert Yeary, Jayden Foster, EMS coordinator Curtis Murphy, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson, Burnet City Manager David Vaughn, Mayor Crista Goble Bromley, LCRA board member George Russell, grant writer Leslie Baugh, Community Development Partnership Program review committee member Earl Foster, and LCRA Regional Affairs representatives Susan Patten and Steve Dyer. Courtesy photo

LCRA program awards $111,000 in grants to first responders

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority handed out more than $111,000 in grants through its Community Development Partnership Program to four Highland Lakes emergency service agencies. The Pedernales Electric Cooperative chipped in on two of the donations. (more…)

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Inks Dam

LCRA moving water downstream from full Lake Buchanan

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority began moving water downstream from a very full Lake Buchanan early June 5. (more…)

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Texas 71 sign

Two out-of-state utility line workers killed at TX 71 job site

FROM STAFF REPORTS Two construction crew workers were killed June 1 in a job site accident when a metal utility pole fell on them during lifting operations. (more…)

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Bear King Brewing Company

Texas breweries toast passage of beer-to-go amendment

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Craft breweries in the state raised a glass in celebration May 22 as the Texas Senate passed a “beer-to-go” amendment to House Bill 1545. (more…)

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Burnet County

Burnet County environmental crimes deputy resigns; commissioners discuss budgets

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Budgets and employees generated little action but a great deal of discussion during the Burnet County Commissioners Court’s regular meeting May 29. The most discussion came from the news that Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan has submitted a letter of resignation to join the Granite Shoals Police Department. (more…)

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Mailboxes

US Postal Service: Spring cleaning extends to your mailbox

Is your mailbox off its hinges or does it have a loose screw? (more…)

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Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting May 14, 2019

Burnet County moves forward on road work and safety projects

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners tackled the details on several road projects during their regular meeting May 14. (more…)

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Work to begin on Texas 29 widening project

Construction to begin May 13 on Texas 29 widening project

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The first of four phases of construction on about 13 miles of Texas 29 between RM 2241 and RR 1431 east of Llano is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners and staff look at a map provided by county surveyor John Ables showing discrepancies between high-water marks from the October 2018 flood and proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps. Commissioners approved a resolution to send to FEMA during the May 6 workshop demanding the federal agency consider all new flood data before beginning the final appeal process. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County questions accuracy of FEMA flood maps

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patty Pfister not only has high-water marks from the October 2018 flood on her family land in Castell but also from the historic flood of 1935. (more…)

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Kingsland debris removal

Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23. Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School junior Kenadee Stewart is one of 10 students selected by Pedernales Electric Cooperative to participate in this year’s summer Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The program gives students a closer look at how the federal government works. Photo courtesy of Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Marble Falls junior picked for Washington leadership trip

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Pam Parkman, executive director of the Marble Falls Education Foundation, knew the ideal Marble Falls High School student to enter in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative Youth Tour competition: junior Kenadee Stewart. (more…)

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Early voting underway for city and school district elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS Early voting is underway for the city and school general election May 4. It started April 22 and runs through April 30. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (left) stands with Deputy Mike Sorenson, who was awarded Officer of the Year in the department earlier this year by the Hill Country 100 Club. Sorenson is one of two Burnet County Crisis Intervention Team officers who, in the past year, saved the county $55,000 by working with people in mental health crises to divert them out of the criminal justice system and into getting needed help. Photo courtesy Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

Burnet County’s crisis intervention officers saving money, and potentially, lives

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two Burnet County crisis intervention officers saved the county about $55,000 in a year with jail diversions for people in mental health crises, thanks to a partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 Director James Oakley and District 4 Director Jim Powers have both drawn challengers in the upcoming PEC board elections. Photos courtesy of PEC

PEC ballot set; James Oakley draws three challengers

FROM STAFF REPORTS Candidates for the Pedernales Elective Cooperative Board of Directors are set with the two incumbents drawing challengers. The PEC board approved the ballot for the 2019 election during its April meeting. The election is for districts 4 and 5 directors. (more…)

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Westside Park in Marble Falls

LCRA’s Steps Forward Day tackles local cleanup projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS As part of the fifth annual Steps Forward Day, Lower Colorado River Authority employees are spreading out across the Highland Lakes on Friday, April 5, to lend a hand. (more…)

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Work is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May. Once built, Llano County commissioners hope the bridge will have a new name in honor of Pat and David Enloe. Staff photo by Jared Fields

2900 bridge on schedule for May opening, possibly with new name

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction is on pace for the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland to open in May, but it could have a new name. (more…)

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